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Retired Army sergeant arrested for making false threat at NYC’s FBI HQ after saying he had bomb

Retired US Army sergeant arrested for making false terror threat after walking into NYC’s FBI HQ and announcing he planted a bomb in a nearby van over agency’s response to his report of lost money in extortion scam

  • A retired US Army sergeant was arrested after walking into the New York City’s FBI office and claiming he had a bomb in a van parked nearby on Wednesday 
  • Gerardo Checo Nunez entered the Jacob K. Javits Federal Office Building at 26 Federal Plaza told officials that he had an improvised explosive device in his van
  • The NYPD’s Bomb Squad was able to locate the 33-year-old’s van and found no explosive device, however a dog that was in the vehicle was rescued by officers 
  • Checo Nunez was charged with making a false terrorist threat 
  • He had previously been upset by the FBI’s response after he reported that he had lost money in an extortion scam 


A retired US Army sergeant was arrested after walking into the New York City‘s FBI office and claiming he had a bomb in a van parked nearby in Lower Manhattan, allegedly over the lack of response from the agency following a report he made regarding an extortion scam that lost him money.

Gerardo Checo Nunez, 33, entered the federal building at the Jacob K. Javits Federal Office Building at 26 Federal Plaza, which houses FBI offices and offices for Homeland Security, Wednesday night and told officials that he had an improvised explosive device, otherwise known as an IED, inside a white van parked outside of a Starbucks on Worth Street, the NYPD told DailyMail.com on Thursday.  

The NYPD’s Bomb Squad was able to locate the Army veteran’s van and found no explosive device. However, a dog that was in the vehicle was rescued by officers. 

He had previously been upset by the FBI’s response after he reported that he had lost money in an extortion scam, NBC New York reported. 

Pictured: White van that retired Army Sergeant Gerardo Checo Nunez, 33, said contained an IED was parked in front of a Starbucks near FBI headquarters in Lower Manhattan

FBI officials cordon off street near the Jacob K. Javits Federal Office Building, which houses FBI offices and offices for Homeland Security

FBI officials cordon off street near the Jacob K. Javits Federal Office Building, which houses FBI offices and offices for Homeland Security

Cops blocked off a swath of Lower Manhattan before giving the all clear after no IED was found.  

Checo Nunez was charged with making a false terrorist threat.

A background report on his criminal history shows three previous arrests for unspecified crimes and infractions in North Carolina, two in 2011 and one in 2020 according to state court reports.

A Facebook and LinkedIn account sharing the exact same name and spelling as Checo Nunez shows the Queens resident was in the US Marines Corps, and not the US Army, as an engineer heavy equipment operator for a seven-year period between 2006 and 2013.

His Linkedin profile shows a Navy/Marine Corps achievement medal he received back in January of 2008. 

Calls and messages to him by Mail Online have gone unanswered as of Thursday. 

Meanwhile, the FBI did not further elaborate on the extortion scam Checo Nunez allegedly reported to the agency prior to Wednesday’s bomb scare incident.

The van, pictured, did not have a bomb in it, according to law enforcement, however, a dog was rescued from the vehicle

The van, pictured, did not have a bomb in it, according to law enforcement, however, a dog was rescued from the vehicle

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